mcbride charles ryan: the yardmasters building
mcbride charles ryan: the yardmasters building mcbride charles ryan: the yardmasters building
feb 21, 2011

mcbride charles ryan: the yardmasters building

‘yardmasters building’ by mcbride charles ryan in melbourne, australia all images courtesy mcbride charles ryan

australian architecture studio mcbride charles ryan has designed ‘yardmasters building’, a slim rectangular building that houses the operational offices of melbourne’s southern cross railway station. nestled in between a multitude of outbound and inbound tracks, the design stands intentionally in contrast with its industrious environment.

the result of an extensive study and consultation with its users and their representatives, the design process put its primary precedence in a successful organization and layout of programs: simple in circulation, the building accommodates the majority of its offices on the second and third floor, locker rooms and a gym on the first, and facilities for maintenance and cleaning on the ground level.

west elevation

wrapped in a jewel-like shell, the exterior facade features a repeating pattern finished in a metallic material with a light sheen. jagged slices from this template results in a collection of windows that provide appropriate views and sunlight into the interior. with time, the exterior surfaces will rust and discolor to gradually reflect its site.  

(left) north elevation (right) facade detail

window detail

(left) perspective view (right) south elevation

interior view

cafeteria on third floor

renderings of day and night scenarios


site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level +1

floor plan / level+2

floor plan / level +3

east elevation

west elevation

(left) north elevation (right) south elevation

  • Like the asymmetric in the windows! think architecture is to often much to symmetric. The asymmetric gives the life back to the city like the romantic buildings.

    martine says:
  • speechless… are all these sort of windows practicable? can one open them to clean them or ventilate the room?
    A star pattern? Were they fooling around with Illustrator or what? With all that deep research in order to get the best views I still see nothing but tracks everywhere… Don’t these people know about Herzog & de Meuron?
    And finally the plan which is plain uninteresting. Is there some sort of double-height space or something? A skylight?

    thank you says:
  • outside is so Islamic, inside is so Agnostic 🙂

    Eric Calabros says:

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